recipe
Oct
05
2009

Recipe of the Day: Coca Cola Cake

Cake:
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup Coca-Cola®
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons cocoa
6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, sift sugar and flour. Add marsh- mallows. In
saucepan, mix butter, oil, cocoa, and Coca-Cola. Bring to a boil and pour over dry
ingredients; blend well. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk just before adding to
batter along with eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Pour into a well-greased 9-
by-13-inch pan and bake 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and frost
immediately.
To make frosting, combine butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola in a saucepan. Bring to a
boil and pour over confectioners’ sugar, blending well. Add vanilla extract and
pecans. Spread over hot cake. When cool, cut into squares and serve.
I mentioned Coca Cola Cake in a previous post and was then asked for my recipe. I know it probably isn’t interesting to anyone but me but I was raised on Coke.  And I don’t mean I was given a coke once a week when we went bowling or out to eat.  I am pretty sure they put it in my baby bottle.  You see, my uncle whom I called Granddaddy, not to be confused with Granddad (that use to really irk me when adults couldn’t keep that straight) worked for the Coca Cola Bottling Company in DeRidder, LA. His wife, Dessie, my mom’s sister whom I called Ganky, worked at the Dixie Maid Ice Cream factory. I get a sugar rush just thinking about it.   I cannot remember a time where there weren’t cases of Coca Cola and cartons of ice cream at their house.  And ours too for that matter.  Here is a picture of him in his Coca Cola uniform, probably not long after he went to work for Coca Cola.
orville
He was much much happier than he looked in this picture.

Okay…back to the recipe…here you go!

old_coke_ads001Coca Cola Cake

Cake:
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons cocoa
6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, sift sugar and flour. Add marsh- mallows. In saucepan, mix butter, oil, cocoa, and Coca-Cola. Bring to a boil and pour over dry ingredients; blend well. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk just before adding to batter along with eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Pour into a well-greased 9-by-13-inch pan and bake 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and frost immediately.

To make frosting, combine butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and pour over confectioners’ sugar, blending well. Add vanilla extract and
pecans. Spread over hot cake. When cool, cut into squares and serve.

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My recipe is very similar to this. I received it from my grandmother who now suffers from alzheimers. I don’t remember us ever putting frosting on top. I’ll have to try it your way. Thanks for sharing!

Lee Ann

My Mother has that exact same recipe. People look at us kind of funny when we say Coca Cola Cake… but that is some good stuff!

julie

My teeth hurt just reading this…. But I do know this is sooome GOOD. My grandmother use to make this also.

My [Grand]Mama used to make this too. And she made 7Up cake. My Mom and Dad’s best friends owned the local Coca-cola bottling plant. I too was raised on Coke! My dad actually likes Tab. bleh.

what a neat photo of your Uncle!..and the recipe sounds good.

This recipe brings back so many memories. I was raised on coca cola, too although I have switched to the one with splenda. there is nothing like the real thing though. i will have to make this cake as it has been a long time since i have

I never made any Coca Cola cakes, very young then, but I remember my Mother Ermel Cooley used this recipe a lot and the cakes were delicious.
I knew and remember Orville Johnson well (you forgot to put his name in your lead in), he was a dedicated employee to the Coca Cola plant as well as a loyal friend to my mother and father; JB Cooley and Ermel Cooley of DeRidder. JB was the DeRidder Fire Chief and we lived on top floor of the City Hall above the fire engines. They were good friends to Orville and Dessie and I remember going to their house many times; corner of Port and Royal or Bryan as I remember. Dessie always had some sort of desert when we visited. Orville was also a devoted volunteer of the DeRidder Fire Dept. and was my fathers right hand man and Assistant Fire Chief. Orville had a brother named Sub as I recall. Orville was always there when there was a fire in the city and there to clean up and prepare the equipment for the next alarm. His devoted service to my father and the city was outstanding given he and all the fireman were volunteers and got $3 a fire for their effort. These brave men deserve a great deal of thanks and gratitude from the citizens for their dedicated service, this also applies to all who came after them including those today that put their well being on the line all the time. Orville can be seen in many of the old photos of the fireman from DeRidder. I have a written a short story dealing with life in and around the City Hall and DeRidder Fire Department in my eary days; also a short story of the Fireman Recreation Hall, built next to the City by the volunteers to give them some place to meet and relax. Orville had a big part in these activities and is mentioned. Sorry to mess up your recipe page with this narrative but could not resist when I saw the photo of Orville when he was so young. Jimmy Earl Cooley 7/28/18